- Anne Meeker
- Hiram, OH
- United States
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User-driven TED talk playlists, exploring the unexpected connections between disparate TED talks!
Today, I watched Hans Rosling's talk on the best stats you've ever seen a few hours after watching Chimamanda Achidie's talk on the danger of single stories. Halfway through Mr. Rosling's talk, it suddenly struck me how similar the two were--he warning against looking at average data, and buying into preconceived notions about developing countries, and she warning about buying into stereotypes that develop when we only hear one viewpoint about an issue.
So, I started to think. Part of what makes TED so fantastically unique and amazing is the way each speaker speaks on an entirely different topic from an entirely unique background, yet so many talks can be related in such interesting ways. These connections are really what I gain from watching TED talks as obsessively as I do.
Then, I had an idea: what if TED users watching these videos could make up TED playlists? I know that each video has a "watch this next" bar, but the problem with those is that you really don't see disparate talks, and I would love to hear the unique connections different people draw from different combinations of videos.
What do you think?